CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS,
HELD AT SUNDERLAND,
On SATURDAY and SUNDAY, MAY 14th and 15th, 1853.
, ELDER THOMAS SQUIRES, President.
ELDER EBENEZER GILLIES, Seci-etary.
ELDER JACOB SECRIST, Lato of the German Mission ;
„ J. T. HARDY, President of the Hull Conference ; and
„ ANDREW GALLOWAY, President of the Isle of Man Conference-
lOMUOM : rRlNTRD Bt W. BOWOBN, BBUKORD 8IREBT, lUDrOaU ROW.
Historian's Office Library
The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints
SKETCH OF ITS HISE AND PROGKESS.
BY E. GILLIES.
The first instruments in raising up this Conference were Elders Isaac Russell and
Priest Snyder, who were appointed on a mission to Alston, m Cumberland, by a
Council of the first Elders that came to England, held July 31st, 1837, eleven days
after they landed in Liverpool.
Elder Russell continued to labour in Alston, Brampton, &c., until about March,
1838, and returned to Preston, leaving about sixty members in the care of Elder
At the General Conference, held in Manchester, July 6th, 1840, two Branches
were represented by Elder John Sanders, viz., Alston and Brampton. The former
contained 36 members, 2 Elders, 2 Priests, and 2 Teachers ; and the latter 36 mem-
bers, 1 Elder, and 1 Priest.
Elder Amos Fielding and Priest John Wytch were appointed at the same Con-
ference to go on a mission to Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Elder John Sanders resided in Alston, and it was prophecied in the Saints' meet-
ing that he should go to Carlisle and preach the Gospel, and that in three months he
would baptize 50 persons. He commenced preaching at Carlisle about January, 1841,
and by the time specified a Branch was raised up in that place, consisting of about 50
At the General Conference, held in Manchester, April 6th, 1841, the Alston,
Brampton, and Carlisle Branches, were included in one Conference, and was known
by the name of Brampton Conference. Elder J. Sanders was ordained a high priest,
and appointed to preside over it. It then contained 115 members, 2 Elders, 1 Priest,
and 1 Teacher.
Elder Amos Fielding continued to labour in Newcastle until said Conference, and
endured much privation, such as sleeping in a quarry all night, &c. He succeeded in
raising up a Branch, which then consisted of 23 members, 1 Elder, 3 Priests, and
Elder J. Sanders continued to labour about Carlisle, &c., for some time, and then
emigrated with his family to Nauvoo.
Elder Richard Benson, of Lancashire, was next appointed to preside. He con-
tinued a short time, and also emigrated to Nauvoo.
Elder John Barkei', the President of Carlisle Branch, was appointed in his stead.
About this time the Conference began to be known by the name of "Carlisle" instead
of Brampton Conference. In September, 1843, soon after his appointment over the
Conference, Elder Barker first visited Newcastle, and continued to labour there for
several mouths, and baptized a few.
During the same year, the Sunderland Branch was raised up. Elder Barker had
baptized a person in Carlisle who travelled the country with an exhibition of stuffed
birds. In the course of his travels he came to Sunderland, and was exhibiting his
birds in the market-place. One William Kent, a butcher there, thought that there
was something peculiar about the man, and was induced to ask him what religion he
was of. Brother Page gladly told him, and lent him the Voice of Warning. Soon
after some of the brethren came from Newcastle, and baptized W. Kent and W. Knox,
and others ; hence came the Sunderland Branch.
Elder Barker, who had sent the brethren over from Newcastle, soon came him-
self, and continued for some months, and preached in different parts of the town, and
baptized a few others. He afterwards returned to Carlisle, and went to work at his
ti'ade; and, by being industrious and saving, obtained means to take him to America.
On obtaining leave, he did so in January, 1846.
Elder John Allan, of Lancashire, succeeded him in the Presidency of the Con-
ference. He went round the Conference, visited the different Branches, and left
in a short time.
Elder Burton, of Manchester, nest presided. He continued to labour for a few
months, and then went home to Machester.
Elder David Candland was next appointed over the Conference. He re-
ceived his appointment at a General Conference, held in Manchester, October 17th,
1846, and continued his labours until March 1st, 1847, when, in consequence of his
acting unwisely, the Presidency was taken from him, and given to Elder W. Speak-
man, then a Travelling Elder in or about Clitheroe Conference; and D. Candland
and Charles Phelps were appointed to continue to labour in the Conference under hi.s
Elder Speakman continued to preside from the above date, until about July,
1850, during which time many were baptized, and several new Branches were raised
up, viz , North and South Shields Branches— (Robert Gillies and his brother John
were the first instruments in raising up these two Branches) — Bedlington, Cramling-
ton, Wheatley Point, and several others.
Elder John Carmichael, from Glasgow, laboured all the time in connexion with
Elder Speakman (according to an appointment wliich he received from Elder Spencer,
in Liverpool), and with much success. The names of several local Elders might also
be named, who devoted themselves as much as they could to spread the Gospel in this
region— Elder Robert Blackett, who raised up Hartlepool Branch; Elder Bain-
bridge, of Newcastle, raised up Blyth Branch, and travelled in that vicinity for some
time. Elders Hare, Jenkins, Patterson, Sewell, and others, assisted to raise up the
Branches in that region.
About 1847 or 1848, the name of the Conference was changed to " Newcastle-on-
Tyne," from that of " Carlisle." Difficulties were found to exist for some tune be-
tween Elder Speakman and quite a number of the Saints throughout the Conference,
and arose chiefly from the supposed bad conduct of Elder Speakman. Several things
were laid to his charge from time to time.
Elder G. D. Watt was appointed to come and settle the difficulticF, and apparently
succeeded m setting things right; but afterwards Elder Speakman acknowledged
with sorrow that he had done wrong. He left the conference about July, 1850,
and went to the London Conference as a Travelling Elder.
Elder John S. Higbee, from Great Salt Lake Valley, was next appointed to pre-
side, and contmued until Jan. 1852; and then, through the liberality of the Saints,
returne<l to his family m the Valley of the Mountains. He conducted himself all the
time as a man of God, and the Saints were blessed through his administrations. He
hTlsrael^'' confidence of the Saints, and was esteemed by them a faithful Elder
Elder A. M^ Harmon, also from the Great Salt Valley, was sent to labour in the
Conference on October 1st, 1850 ; and soon afterwards the Carlisle Alston Dalst en
and Annan Branches of the Conference were detached therefrom ^ndSf into a
Conference of themselves, to be known as " The CarHsle Conference '' and Mder A M
Harmon was appointed to preside over it. He continued to labour here unShfwY;
appointed to take the pastoral charge of Newcastle, Hull, and Carlisle Conferences.
He began to fill said appointment in January, 1852, and continued until the spring of
the present year, 1853, and then returned to Zion. Elder Harmon was a faithful
advocate of the cause of Zion, always keeping in view the things to be accomplished
at the present time ; so that those plans and measures, dictated by the Priesthood
of God, might be carried out. His teachings were always calculate 1 to arouse the
energies of the Saints to the building up of Zion, both temporarily and spiritually.
He conducted himself as a man of God, and had the confidence of the Saints.
Elder Wm. M'Ghie, from Glasgow, succeeded Elder Higbee in the Presidency
of the Conference, and continued until January, 1853, at which time he was removed
to Dei'byshire Conference, to preside over it. Elder M'Ghie did not eat the bread of
idleness, but was diligent in preaching the truth throughout the Conference and* in
defending the doctrine of the Saints from the attacks of wicked and unprincipled
men, and the Saints were often refreshed and edified through the able manner la
which he held forth and elucidated the doctrines of the Latter-Day Saints.
Elders Hutchison and Martin, from Glasgow, also laboured in the Conference
under Elder M'Ghie. They laboured diligently and sufiered much privation in thair
endeavours to break up new ground. They have both returned to Scotland.
Elder C. G. Webb, from the Great Salt Lake Valley, succeeded Elder Harmon
in the pastoral charge of those Conferences.
Elder T. Squires succeeded Elder M'Ghie in the Presidency of this Conference.
Elders E. Gardener and Moses Clough, from the Valley, and Elders Pidcock and
Smith, from the South, are labouring as Travelling Elders in the Conference.
Elder Galloway, who had laboured with success in the Northern part of
the Conference, has lately been appointed to preside over the Isle of Man Conference.
This Conference — (at the date of writing this, June 26th, 1853) — is considered to be
in a healthier state than it has heretofore been. Elder Squires has been labouring
hard in getting proper arrangements made for the conducting the business of the
Conference. A proper Conference Record has been obtained, wlierein to record bap-
tisms, &c., minute book, &c., that all things might be conducted iu order, so that the
blessing of the Lord may be upon this Conference.
ErJ)ERS C. G. "VVebb. Pastor, and Thomas Squires, President of the Newcastle-upon-
Tyne Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, with thePresi-
dents of Branches, and Travelling Elders of the above Conference, assembled in^the
Free Masons' Hall, Queen-street, Sunderland, on Saturday, the 14th of May, 1853, at
four o'clock, p.m., for the tran.saction of Conference business.— The meetmg was
opened by singing the hymn on the 180th page, and prayer. , -□ • t
Elder T. Squires then arose, and made a few remarks on the Holy Priesthood,
showed that those who were called to act by Divine authority were the most honour-
able men of all the earth ; called the minds of the Priesthood to the purpose for
which they were met— to transact business for the well being of the Conference ;
requested them to be attentive, and give heed to the things which might be brought
forward. Act in oneness of spirit, so that all things be done in righteousness. I wish
to say to the Presidents of Branches, that we only want these items of business which
are the most important ; the minor part of business, such as the changing of officers,
&c. (except there should require a change of Presidency), can be attended to in your
own branches as Elder Webb or I come round ; for we want to get through with ovxr
business as speedily as possible, so that we may have the most part of to-morrow for
instruction, &c. Therefore, I shall give place, that we may enter into the business of
Voted unanimously, that Elder Thomas Squires take the Presidency of the meet-
ing, and Elder Joshua Cutts be Treasurer.
That Elder Rutledge be appointed Book Agent for ShincliEfe Branch.
That Blyth Branch be added to Bedlington Branch.
That Derwent Bi-anch be added to the Annfield Plain Branch.
That Elder William Paterson, who removed from Cramlington Branch to Scotland
— [having left indebted to the general book agent, and did not receive a certificate] —
have a certificate according to his request ; that being on payment of one poimd, and
the remainder in about one month.
That Elder Joseph Neesham and wife, of Coxhoe Branch, be cut off — (for rebel-
lion and endeavouring to divide the branch.)
That William NichoUs be ordained an Elder, and preside over Coxhoe Branch.
That John Robinson be appointed Book Agent for Coxhoe Branch.
That the meeting adjourn for half an hour.
Met pursuant to adjournment, and opened by singing and prayer.
After which Elder T. Squiees arose, and remarked that the dullest part of the
business was done — the representation of the Branches, &c. ; remarked that it was a
very important part, and necessary to be attended to, as it showed the standing of the
Conference. Intimated that the brethren who were from the country Branches
would be provided with beds, so that if we should continue to a late hour, they need
not be troubled about that, for there is a committee appointed to attend to it. And
as we are pretty well through with our business matters, I wish to hear a little from
Elder Jacob Secrist ; as he has been travelling in Germany, he will be able to tell us
of the work of the Lord in that part of the world, that we may be enlivened and led
Elder Jacob Secrist then arose, and gave us a brief sketch of his journey from
the Valley, his visit to his friends in the United States, and baptism of a German lady,
who had, on hearing his testimony, received the Holy Spirit before baptism. His
voyage across the Atlantic to England, in company with twenty elders, making in all
twenty-one, who met regularly in their room in the ship, for worship and instruction,
&c., where they had many manifestations of the power of God in prophecy, tongues,
interpretations, &c., even to the controlling of the elements. Spoke of his mission to
Germany, and his labours in connection with Elders Carn and Riser. Said that many
of the people were prepared to receive the testimony oT the Elders of the Church ;
and if the authorities of the country would allow the Elders to preach and administer
the ordinances of the Church, there would soon be a mighty in-gathering. Said they
had succeeded in baptizing a few, and sowing the seed in various places, which would
spring up and grow, and others would yet reap the fruit of their labour. Showed
that they had been led, guarded, and preserved by the Spirit of God, in their endea-
vours to spread the truth among that people. Mentioned a circumstance of an angel
appearing to a certain man, who was very desirous of knoNving the truth, and directing
him to Elder Carn at Hamburgh, " saying that he had the truth." Remarked that
God was the same in this dispensation as he was in the New Testament dispensation,
and could send an angel now to honest, upright men, as he did to Cornelius. (See
Acts X.) Said the reason of his being present was in consequence of having been
sent out of Germany by the authorities of that country; and that Elder Riser was
also sent out of the country with him, and that Elder Carn remained.*
For further particulars sec "Star," No. 23, vol, xv.
Elder Squires read a letter which he had received from Elder M'Qhie (late
President of this Conference), about a suit of clothes which he had of Mr. Hodgen, of
Wingate, for Elder A. Galloway (late Travelling Elder in this Conference). He
wished to have the minds of the brethren about it, as it was not paid for. After a
little deliberation, it was ascertained that the Newcastle, Cramlington, Bedlington,
and North and South Shields Branches, were responsible for the money, and agreed
to forward the same as soon as possible to the Conference Treasurer.
Elder Squires brought forward a Debt of ,£2 5s. owing to sister Soulsby of
Newcastle, by the Conference. ^ The said sum had been borrowed of her husband, to
assist Elders M'Ghie A. M. Harmon, and Dorr P. Curtis, in going to London to ; ,ttend
the special Conference. It was ascertained that the Debt was due to sister Soulsby —
and resolved that the President of each Branch do the best they can to obtain the
money, and that it be paid to sister Soulsby as soon as possible.
The meeting was then adjourned, to meet again the nest morning at half past
10 o'clock. A. M.
State of the General Book and Star Agency.
Amount duo to the Office at Liverpool £75 10 2
£75 10 2
Amount due bj' the Branches (see ) ^or i t
Table) . . . I ^^^ 1 '
Amount of Stock and Cash In band 41 3 11
£76 5 6
Leaving a balance In favour of the Agent of 15 4
A Priesthood meeting to be held at Sundei'land, on Sunday, August 14th, 1853.
A few words of advice to Presidents and members of Council of the various
Branches. The proceedings of the Council of a Branch should be kept sacred, unless
the}"- are of that character that will require co-operation of the Branch generally. The
council is the place where the rej^orts of the Officers of the Branch are to be given,
and as the members of the council are the guardians and instructors of the Saints, it
is their duty to watch over them continually, for good. The President of the Branch
has the general supervision of all things that relate to the Branch over which he pre-
sides : it therefore becomes the duty of the visiting officers, to report to him in coun-
cil, all cases of difficulty among the Saints. After the means of the Laws of the Lord
have been resorted to in vain (See Matthew, 18 Chap,) let the case be fully inves-
tigated, and the condition of the party be properly represented to the council, and an
antidote commensurate with the case he proposed, and it is the duty of the members
of the council, to assist the President in carrying out all measures which will be for
the well-being of the Saints, and prosperity of the work.
How unwise the man who designedly or inadvertently as soon as he leaves the
council, discusses with his wife or friend the proceedings thereof. How often is it the
cause of much misunderstanding and mischief, whereas if the case was confined to its
proper sphere, and attended to in its proper place, there would never be so many
difficulties nor so much contention. Therefore let it become obligatory upon every
member of Council to hold sacred all its proceedings.
The Book and Star Agency of a branch should not be forgotten by the President. It
is highly important that the Saints should be supplied \vith the standard works of
the Church, that they may be in possession of every possible facility for the acquisi-
tion of knowledge pertaining to the work in which they are engaged. It is highly
important that our works should have as extensive a sale among strangers as possible,
each book or pamphlet sold will be an able expositor of the ti-uths of the Gospel
whenever consulted. Therefore it is necessary to take an interest in all things that
pertain to the publications of the Church, and endeavour to keep their importance
continually before the Saints ; and let the members be shown the necessity of buying
up the back Stars for distribution or otherwise, and thereby assist in liquidating the
debt now standing at the office. Let the President see that the sub-agents' accounts
are duly audited at the proper time, and an account taken and kept, that you may
have a knowledge of the state thereof.
The Perpetual Emigration Fund should not be lost sight of. The Saints should
be shown the importance of this fund, and exhorted to assist in gathering the poor
to the Mountains of Israel. Every soul gathered will be able to return ten-fold more
to the gathering of the poor to the Valley than he would if he was permitted to
remain here. Therefore let the Saints be stired up to remembrance of their duty.
The Temple Fond or Offering. — Let the Saints take an active interest in this
fund, and co-operate Avith their brethren in Zion in building a Temple to the Lord,
that they may secure to themselves a right to the blessings thereof. For more
information on this subject see Star No. 13, vol. 15, page 20.
After the meeting had been opened by singing and prayer, Elder Squires arose,
and made the following remarks. I rejoice to meet with you this morning in Con-
ference, and I trust that we shall feel better at the close of this day, than we do at
the present time. " Mormonism signifies more good," and teaches us to seek after
more truth, but it is not my intention toj occupy much of your time now, •
as it is known to most who are present, that the Conference commenced yesterday,
and by doing so, we were enabled to get through a good portion of the business at
that time, and I think it would be best for the clerk to read over the minutes of yes-
terday, and also the representation of the Conference. In accordance with the
request of President Squires, the clerk read over the minutes, &c.
After the representation had been read over by the clerk. Elder Squires arose,
and made some remarks relative to a few small debts that had been contracted in
the Conference, and said he should like to see the brethren attend to these
things, as soon as possible. We will next hear the report of the general book
Agent, and I wish the sub-agents to take notice whether the account that is read over
by the General Agent be correct, so that if it is not, it may be corrected. Elder
Robson then read over his account, after which Elder Squires arose and said, that he
felt glad to hear the report of Brother Robson concerning the Book Agency. It waa
first rate, and he felt satisfied that it was in a good condition, but I feel to say to all
the Sub-agents, that they must not credit any books to any person, no, not even a
" Star" and if you abide by this instruction you will be right, and if you do not you
will get wrong, and bring a burthen upon the branches that you will not easily get
rid of. But I would here remark, Brethren, that I feel you are good men, and I have
found you so since I came into your midst, and that you are men that love to obey
counsel, and for these things I feel to love you and you have my confidence, and may
God bless you is my prayer, even so, Amen.
The next thing I shall present before you will be the authorities of this Church,
but I feel before doing so, to make a few remarks. I know that since the new Reve-
lation came forth, in some places there has been some who have questioned the
motives of those men, and have in consequence had peculiar feelings towards them.
I do not suppose that this applies to any in this congregation, but I wish to say to
all present at this time, that when you vote for these men, that you do not vote in
the presence of men alone, but also in the presence of God and angels, and if
you cannot vote with confidence, I would rather that you voted against them ;
therefore vote as you feel, when the resolutions are put to sustain those whom God
as placed over you, for the time has come that you must choose whom you will cleave
unto. You may think that these remarks are severe, but I feel led to say these
t'liings unto you, because when you vote you covenant to uphold and sustain these
men in their high and holy callings, whereuuto they have been called. The Presi-
dent then presented the Authorities of the Church, who were all sustained by the
unanimous vote of the Conference.
Elder Webb then arose, and made a few remarks as follows : Beloved Brethren,
this is one of my proudest moments, you seem to do up business in a first rate style,
and it rejoices my heart to see the same, a oneness characterizes all your movements,
and if this spirit continues in your midst you will be blest, but I have a few words
to say respecting Elder Squires ; you know what he needs ; he requires food, clothing
&,o. And if you feel to uphold and sustain him in these things, as well as by your
faith and prayers, I wish you to manifest the same, by raising the right hand. A
After some other little items of business had been attended to, Elder Squires
arose, a nd made a few concluding remarks, and said, I have been in many diflScul-
ties in this kingdom, since I became one of its members, but I have always got
through ; and I feel still to go ahead, and am not afraid to prophecy that we shall do
all that is required at our hands. And as the saints in the south part of the Confe-
rence have' had nothing to contend with, compared with the north, I would like
them now to lay hold, and assist their brethren out of present difficulties, and thus
show their attachment and love for the cause of truth, and then we shall all feel
first rate. I wish also to say a few words about the Newcastle Branch, for I feel
interested in that place, and feel to push the battle to the gate. I have given
instructions to the brethren there, to take two or three more Halls, and I feel by the
next Conference, that instead of being only one branch in that place, there will be two
or three, for I feel God is going to bless our labours among that people, and that we
shall gather some of the rich into the Church. Brethren, I want us to feel our
position, and realize our calling, that we may be blessed of the Lord, and my prayer
is that God may bless you. Even so. Amen.
Aftei'wards a hymn was sung, and the meeting dismissed, with a benediction
from Elder Galloway.
The meeting was opened by Elder Squires giving out the Hymn on the 293rd
page, which was sung by the Choir. Prayer was offered up by Elder Gardner, after
which the hymn on the 294th page was sung. Elder Squires arose, and made the
following remarks. Beloved Brethren, and sisters, I feel glad to see a good company
together this afternoon, and no doubt this afternoon will be a time of rejoicing, and
while God's servants are addressing us, let us pray for them, that they may enjoy
much of the Holy Spirit, that we may be edified and built up by the instructions
which they may give. But this is not my object in rising at this time, but I have
learned that there has been some baptized since the report was sent in, viz., five in
Newcastle, and one in Sunderland.
I had thought that we should baptized 100, but we have fallen a little short
of that, yet we have done pretty well.
You will perceive that in Newcastle, the work is beginning to prosper, and I feel
(especially in large towns) to push the work ahead. There is plenty of room in Sun-
derland, to take one or two more rooms, and I feel to say to the Brethren, let it be
so, and as I said this morning, let us " push the battle to the gate," and so accom-
plish a great work in this region of country. And I feel to bless you in the name of
the Lord. Even so, Amen.
Elder Webb arose, and said, Bretheren and Sisters, I do not rise to address the
meeting myself, but to introduce some of the visiting brethren, and I have no doubt
but the saints will rejoice to hear from them. And as we have Elders Secrist,
Galloway, and Hardy, I intend to hear from them all before the day is past ; and I
have no doubt, but what these brethren will edify and instruct you, and that you
■will go away from this meeting rejoicing in truths which will be brought forth by
these men : and may God bless you with an attentive ear. I shall now give way, and
introduce Elder Galloway,
Elder Galloway — I delight to have the opportunity of meeting with you at
this time, although for my own part, I would rather have sat and heard those speak
that are placed over us, than speak myself ; nevertheless, I prize the privilege to
stand before you in this Conference assembled. While I sat in the meeting this
' forenoon, I felt to say in my soul, that you were blest with good men to rule
over you, and that they were inspired vnth the Holy Spirit, from on High ; and
1 know that they will bless you, inasmuch as you will obey their counsel, and walk
before all men as becometh saints of God. I believe that the dawn of a brighter day,
has shone upon this Conference, and that there are hundreds of honest people who
are waiting for the servants of God to come and proclaim the principles of Eternal
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truth unto them, and lead them on to those things that are calculated to enrich the
mind, and inform the judgment of every faithful saint. It would have afforded me
pleasure to remain with you another summer, but still I believe it is all right ; yet I
must say, that I have a strong attachment to this Conference, and shall ever feel an
interest in your welfare. Brethren, the work we are engaged in, is able to accomplish
all that man ever thought of, and as I once heard a servant of God say, it is able to
accomplish all that ever God thought of. Then, while we live in a day when Reve-
lation is again enjoyed by the children of men, what kind of people ought we to
be, seeing that we have been made partakers of those truths which have been
revealed by the God of Heaven ? And I say, brethren, if it has brought us peace and
joy, should we confine it to ourselves, while hundreds are dying for the lack of the
everlasting Gospel ? No ! no ! Brethren, let us , while the day lasts, put upon us the
helmet of salvation, buckle upon us the sword of truth, go forth as men, clothed
upon with the Priesthood of God, and lift up our voice in proclaiming the truth, and
the day shall come, when many shall rise and thank God that ever the sound of the
Gospel reached their ears thro ugh our instrumentality, as servants of God. They
will be enabled to build upon the foundation of Apostles, and Prophets. Yes, I say
brethren, if you are faithful in your calling this season, many shall rise, and call you
blessed for these things. We live in a peculiar day, an age in which God has spoken
from the Heavens, and has held converse with men, and given unto them the Holy
Priesthood, whereby they can attend to the ordinances of the house of God. Yes,
brethren, and sisters, we are a .people that know for ourselves, and can say as did
John, " th t we know we are of God, and the whole world lieth in the arms of the
wicked one." And it is this knowledge that has enabled this Church to pass through
the difficulties it has been called to pass through, kno\\ing that nothing could
overcome them while they had the Holy Priesthood in their midst ; then I say let
those who hold the Holy Priesthood, go forth like men of God, and as Elder Squires
said, " push the battle to the gate" and manifest that we are a people that feel for
our fellow men. I say, let us use every lawful means to accomplish these things, for
you have men in your midst that are able to lead you on to accomplish these things ;
for they are filled %vith knowledge, light, and intelligence. Then I say, uphold them
by your faith and prayers, and abide by the counsel and instruction which they may
give from time to time, and they will lead you on to obtain life everlasting. Then,
my brethren, and sisters, it is no mean thing to be *a Saint in very deed, for remem-
ber the actions of the saints are looked at by those who are around them ; let our
conduct therefore be according to our profession, and let us be Saints indeed, for it
is not the name alone that is going to save us, but it is by keeping the command-
ments of God. Brethren, before I came to this meeting I felt that we should enjoy
much of the Holy Spirit of God, and although I felt that circumstances were con-
spiring against my coming, even the very elements seemed to conspire against me,
yet by faith and works, I am in your midst, audi feel to rejoice. I,hope to get
filled with the Holy Spirit, and go back to my field of labour, enjoying the good
things which I have received, while at this Conference. But as we have those in our
midst, that will edify you much better than myself, I will sit down and give way for
them to speak, praying God to bless you all, from henceforth and for ever, through
Jesus Christ. Amen.
Elder Secrist — I am glad to stand before you at this time. How much I shall
say to your edification I cannot tell, but I will do my best. Many reflections have
passed through my mind while I have been with you. Our brother who last spoke
said he should go back to his field of labour and take the Spirit with him ; but I say,
brethren, that he has brought the Spirit of God with him to this meeting. I have
felt greatly to rejoice while I have been in your company, and the way that you do
up business in this place is just the style we have in the Valley. We, as a people, do
not believe alone, but we know for ourselves that these things are true, and all
people can know the same if they will humble themselves, aud be baptised for the
remission of sin, and have the imposition of hands for the reception of the Holy
Ghost. I was glad to hear that the brethren were going to push the work on in this
Conference. I had thought, seeing that there were so many Elders from the Valley,
and so many in this country, that the Gospel must have been preached in every place ;
but in this I find myself mistaken, for it appears that there are places where the souncl
of the Gospel has never been heard. I feel, like Elder Galloway, that the time has
come for good to be done in this place, and I have my reasons for saying so. If we
will let our light shine before men we shall be blest, and if I enjoy as much of the
spirit as I have done in Germany, I shall be satisfied, for I have felt greatly blest.
Yet I have felt sometimes a kind of righteous indignation when I have heard men
blaspheme and vilify the characters of those men whom I know to be the chosen of
the Lord. The people in Germany were ready to hear the Gospel, but we were not
allowed to preach to them, yet I have felt blest all the time ; and when I got to Hull
among the Saints I felt just right, for they are full of holy fire in that place at the
present time, and full of the Spu-it of God, for they have good men over them. And
if we are good men and servants of the Most High, we shall win all the honest, the
upright, and the pure minded over to obey the truth, for light will cleave to light,
honesty will cleave to the truth, and purity will seek the company of those who are
I feel sorry that Elder Webb's health is so poor, for I know that he is full
of teaching, and I love to hear his voice. I have heard it many times in days that
are past, and I hope by our prayers that we shall yet hear something that will do us
good from him. Brethren, it is my duty to go forth . and save myself, and not for
Brother Webb or any one else to do it for me. I can read the Bible and can hear
instructions that may be given ; but it is for me to go forth and comply with the
requirements of God's law as taught in the Scriptures, and by his servants upon the
face of the earth.
The speaker then bore testimony to the power of God, which he had seen and felt
since he became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and
said, I know that Brigham Young is a Prophet of God, and I have signed my name
to this testimony in Germany, and I am glad of it. In conclusion I would say.
Brethren and Sisters, that the Spirit of God that is with his people in the Valley will
be felt by all the natives of the earth, and all shall yet acknowledge the divine
authenticity of the \^ork in which you and I are engaged. I pray God to bless each
of us with much of his Holy Spirit through all the subsequent vicissitudes of mortal
life. Even so. Amen.
Elder Gardner, — Brethren and Sisters, like the rest, I feel to rejoice, and in fact I
rejoice all the time that I have been in England, for I have nothing to trouble me,
except this colliery smoke that troubles me some times. Elder Secrist said that he
was no preacher, but I know him to be a good man, and although he has not said
much he has spoken first rate. I, like him, could farm and chop wood much better
than preach, but still I am ready to do whatever I am set to.
While I have been in this Conference I have ^\itnessed that the spuit of God has
been enjoyed all the time, and' I also have rejoiced to hear of wars and rumour of
wars, and I say God speed them on just as it is his will to do so, for it is all for the
best ; so let them come, and it will suit me much better than any other thing, for the
sooner they come the sooner the work will be accomplished. Brethren and Sisters,
there is power enough here in this place, if it were put in proper order, and fully
exercised, to storm nations. Well, what does it want ? Why, unity and obedience
to the commandments of God, living by every word that proceeds from his mouth,
and contend for the faith once delivered to the Saints. If we had as much faith as a
grain of mustard seed, what could we accomplish ! Do you believe the Scriptures ?
they say the earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof, with the cattle upon a
thousand hills ! There is enough for all ! We have got to work for them and they
are all ours throxigh obedience ; but the thing is how to get at them, this seems
the most difficult point at present. But I am not going to stand and talk to you at
this time, as there are those present who can talk much better. May the Lord bless
you now and for ever. Amen.
Elder Gillies arose and said, Brethren and Sisters, I may say that I am taken by
surprise, for I never expected to stand before you this day ; but whenever I am
called upon I feel to comply, this has been my ride ever since I obeyed the Gospel.
I know that this is the work of God by the power and Spirit of the Lord, and every
man and every woman has the opportunity to prove it for themselves. And unless
we have this knowledge we shall not be able to stand in this Church, for it is by
intelligence that we shall obtain a seat in the celestial kingdom of God. Perhaps it
may be well for me to tell you how I am getting on lu the world, as I shall not have
the opportunity to speak to you personallj', so I will tell you while I am here.
There never was a time when I felt so much to rejoice in the work of God as I
do at the present time, although I have been in the Church for eleven years. I
believe that there are honest people in every place upon earth, and there is only one
thing that grieves me, and that is, I cannot be ' in two places at once ; but still I
rejoice that the seed is sown and will spring up, and I say that he is a poor Mormon
that cannot make another. Thus you perceive I look upon all the Saints as preachers,
both brethren and sisters, and by this means will the Go.spel spread among the
The Speaker then went on to show how the work had taken hold in the place
where he resided, and said that the Devil had determined to convert all the people
and let the Lord have none. But yet the Saints were doing all they couldto save
some. He then went on to show what the principle of unity would accomplish, and
urged upon tbe Saints to be faithful in the work in which they had engaged, observ-
ing that although he had desired to go to Zion for the last eleven years, yet he did
not see at this time when he should go, but he felt to say that he should go as soon
as the Lord wanted him. These were his feelings upon the matter, and his deter-
mination was to do whatever the Lord wished him to do. He continued, and that is
easily to be comprehended, for when the servants of the Lord say anything unto me
I have no need to go to the Lord about it, for they are the mouthpiece of the Lord
unto me. May the Lord bless you, is the prayer of my heart, in the name of Jesus.
Elder Squires— As there are a few minutes left I feel to occupy them for our
mutual edification, yet I have so many things upon my mind I know not where to
begin ; but I will say a word about the work of the Lord. Elder Secrist said, that
Elder Galloway had brought the Spirit with him. I feel to say the same, for I felt the
Spirit wliile he was speaking, and I have rejoiced in what has been said by all the
brethren, who have spoken ; and as Elder Snow said when he prophesied in Italy, that
after he had prophesied, he wished the brethren to go forth and fulfil the prediction.
I wish the same spirit to be in this Gonfei-ence, and as I said at the commencement of
this meeting about the Saints in this place getting another Hall, I say let this thing
be done, and bring all the force yoti can, both out of doors, and in doors, to proclaim
the principles of Eternal Life to the people.
Some of you may say, I have preached in this place, and in the other place, and I
think we need not preach there again ; but, my beloved Brethren, I think different,
for it is no rule to go by, for as all com is not ripe at the same time, neither is all
places were the Brethren preach ready for the Gospel at one time. I have known
places that have been sealed up, and men have gone and broke these seals, and have
done much good, for the Lord has not sent us forth to seal up the people, but to save
It is well known that we have had many things to contend with, and it has been
a matter of astonishment to many how the work has rolled on, yet it has gone on, and
we give God the glory. Beloved brethren, we come in contact with many things
while preaching the Gospel in the woi'ld, that are very unpleasant, but we must take
up the cross. Now perhaps when we go forth, we shall be called upon to answer
many questions, and it will require much wisdom to go among the people, but I
would say to the Brethren, if you meet with a contentious person, have nothing to do
with him, but if he be a honest man, answer him his questions ; but it is not wise to
answer many things in the open air, lest you gather a mob about you ; but if he
wishes to talk with you, go with him to his house, and talk with him on the way
home. But above all, avoid useless discussions, for I have no faith in them, for I
never knew them do much good; and as Elder Secrist said, let us pi'each those things
which we know to be true; for true greatness does not consist in teaching that we
do not know, but in doing the most good in the best way we can ; and that is a great
man who does the most good. There are many men that have wisdom, so far as the
wisdom of this world is concerned, while a man that can scarcely read comes along
and tells the wise that he has received the Gospel of truth, and that he knows it to be
true ; and then bears his testimony to the same. These wise men cannot help but
feel the weight of his testimony that he bears to them.
I once was talking with a person, and finding that he was all for contention, I
felt by the Spirit of God to bear my testimony to him ; and while I did so, he began
to tremble, and falter, and could not stay with me any longer. And, my brethren,
there is a great deal in bearing testimony ; this is a very important part of our mission
to testify to the truth. I feel to love you, and I believe that you love me ; and thia
morning when I saw you lift up your hands,'I said in my heart, God bless this people.
Beloved saints, we have many duties placed upon us, and sometimes we feel as if
we had too much ; but yet I feel we can do all things that are given us to do if we are
united, and while our brethren fi-om America have been talking about Temples in
that land, let me ask how have they been reared] I answer, by sacrifice ! and as we
sing, " Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of Heaven" so let it be with us. The
speaker then exhorted the Saints to send their offerings to the Temple, and
showed the blessings to be received thereby. After speaking upon these things,
he addressed the Presidents of Branches, and told them to seek for the Spirit of God,
and pray much that they might enjoy the Holy Spirit of Truth ; observing, you have
my blessing, and I would say, do not be in too great a hurry to cut people off from
the Church, for that man who is so fond of cutting off, is going the way to be cut off
himself. And hence I feel to say. Brethren, seek for ^visdom to guide you in all
your ways ; and in conclusion, I say, may the Lord bless you in all your righteous
undertakings. As it is time to bring this meeting to a close, or rather adjourn, for I
expect to have a good time this evening, and brethren and sisters come together to
enjoy these blessings ; I will not detain you longer, but ask for a continuance of the
blessing we enjoy. Amen.
Elder Robson then gave out the Hymn on the 199th Page, which was sung by
the Choir, and the meeting was dismissed with benediction by Elder Secrist.
Opened by singing and prayer. Elder Webb then arose and introduced Elder
J. T. Hardy, and said, he wished those who were interested in the principles of truth
to have their faith in exercise for the speaker. That those who had come here to
be instructed might not be disappointed. Elder Hardy then arose and said, that he
felt his weakness as a servant of God, and his health was not good, he had nothing
prepared, but trusted he would be dictated by the Spirit of Truth, that both the
Saints and our friends might have a portion of truth meted out to them. He showed
that the principle of continued revelation was a principle of the Church of Christ
now as well as anciently ; that the Church in all ages produced Scripture. Said that
we do not believe so much of our religion should be written on parchment, and be
confined to believe that and no more ; but we believe that God would continue to
give new Revelations from year to year, and from month to month, and from day to
day. We do not suppose that our friends can see as we do, without they take the
same course that we have done ; but if they will obey the doctrine of Christ as we
have, they would know for themselves that it was of God as we do. He said that he
used to read the Scriptures before he became a Saint, and sometimes wondered why
things did not exist in the church now as ihey did in the Apostles' days, he often wished
that he lived in the Apostles' days. He bore testimony that we were now privileged
to live in the Apostles' days ; that a new dispensation was ushered in ; that the
Kingdom of God was again set up on the earth, &c. Said that there might be some
here who belong to other churches, and no doubt were many a time at a loss to know
if they were right, and more especially, if they had heard the Saints often ; but if
they would go to their minister and ask them about baptism, &c., they would say it
was not essential,[and such things were done away with, bat for all they could say,
still there was a secret something, that told them that the Saints' principles were true,
&c. He made some remarks on priesthood, and about the reign of Christ and his
Saints on the earth, &c. He referred to a remark made by our beloved President,
that as we had revealed to us the more advanced principles of truth, we re-
quired increased wisdom to handle them aright. Compared them to a knife blade :
first it was raoulten out of the stone into the bar of steel, then put into the fire and
brought out on to the anvil and hammered into the shape of a blade, but was not
sharp ; but taking it to the 'grindstone, every turn of the stone makes it sharper
and sharper until it is as sharp as a razor, and care must then be taken in using it, or
it would cut our fingers.
Elder Webb followed, and said that he was much gratified at the day's proceed-
ings ; said that he had rejoiced iu the principles of the Gospel for half his life (about
nineteen years). To him they did not wax old, but were his supreme delight from
day to day, &c. Said that the most degraded being upon the face of the earth could
see that great division existed among mankind ; but what is the cause of it ] The
great cause of such a direful state of things, is in consequence of men taking upon
them to promulgate principles among the children of men, which they themselves do
not understand and know to be true, and therefore could not be united, as truth is the
basis of that union, which will bring peace and happiness to mankind; but what shall
be done to cure this great evil 1 the only way is, for men to obey the principles of the
Gospel. Let the Gospel be obeyed, and acted upon, and union is the result ! It is the
same in every nation where it is found, which is proof positive ; that it is the right
system to bring peace and hap])iness to mankind. Jesus laid down the plan, but
men have departed from it, and have introduced plans of their own, which have caused
all this division. I cannot conceive of the Gospel causing division, for it is the basis
of union. The Gospel is truth, truth is light, and if men have light, they will act in
union, a oneness of effort will characterise all their movements, for they will be one.
And now let us endeavour to be one, and carry out the instructions which have been
given us this day, so that we may be benefited, the Gospel spread, and the kingdom
of God built up.
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